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US Gunman at California veterans' home 'wanted to get back at them' but 'not kill'

07:10  12 march  2018
07:10  12 march  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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(CNN) The man who killed three hostages at a Northern California veterans ' home suffered from bipolar disorder, various physical ailments and anger issues, sources said. "He said he wanted to get back at them , talk to them , yell at them , not to kill them .

The man who killed three hostages at a Northern California veterans ' home suffered from bipolar disorder, various physical ailments The Pathway Home , which operates out of the Veterans Home of California , is a nonprofit that helps post-9/11 military veterans reintegrate into civilian life, including

Jennifer Gonzales; Jennifer Golick; Christine Loeber © PsychArmor; LinkedIn Jennifer Gonzales; Jennifer Golick; Christine Loeber

The man who killed three hostages at a Northern California veterans' home suffered from bipolar disorder, various physical ailments and anger issues, sources said.

Authorities said that Albert Wong, a 36-year-old Army veteran, used to be a resident of the Pathway Home, the Yountville facility where he engaged police in a standoff Friday. The Pathway Home, which operates out of the Veterans Home of California, is a nonprofit that helps post-9/11 military veterans reintegrate into civilian life, including by counseling clients with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Three women and the gunman who took them hostage were found dead Friday evening at a home for military veterans in Northern California , hours after the gunman had fired at a deputy, the authorities said.

When police stormed the facility hours later, they found Wong dead, along with three of home 's employees, 42-year-old Clinical Director Jennifer Golick, 48-year-old Executive He didn't mention that." More here: Gunman at California veterans ' home ' wanted to get back at them ' but ' not kill '.

The ordeal ended when police stormed the building and found Wong and three of the facility's employees -- Jennifer Golick, 42, Christine Loeber, 48, and Jennifer Gonzales, 32 -- dead.

Wong had been kicked out of the program after he threatened one of the women, a law enforcement source told CNN.

"Whatever happened out there, he didn't say he was going to shoot anybody," Wong's brother, Tyrone Lampkin, told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. "He said he wanted to get back at them, talk to them, yell at them, not to kill them. He didn't mention that."

A sheriff's hostage negotiation team passes a California Highway Patrol checkpoint at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville. © Ben Margot/AP A sheriff's hostage negotiation team passes a California Highway Patrol checkpoint at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville.

"Seemed happy"

Lampkin, who told CNN Wong was his adoptive brother, said they hadn't seen each other since 2010 but communicated via text.

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Though two California veterans home public safety officers were on duty at the time of the shooting, they work unarmed and Department personnel were aware of the potential for a crisis “in the back of our minds,” he said. The organization once treated the most severely traumatized veterans , offering

Records show Wong was in the Army reserves from October 1998 until December 2002 and served in active duty from May 2010 to August 2013. He was deployed to Afghanistan from April 2011 to March 2012, the records show.

Lampkin told CNN Wong seemed OK after his stint in the military.

"He talked to us about it, showed us pictures on Facebook, seemed happy, like nothing was wrong," said Lampkin, who lives in Minneapolis.

But Wong was dogged by leg and back injuries and struggled with bipolar disorder, Lampkin said. He needed medication for his condition, Lampkin said, but complained that it was ineffective and would go off the drugs because he didn't think they were helping.

Pathway spokesman Larry Kamer couldn't confirm whether Wong was in fact bipolar and had been taking his drugs at the time.

"I don't know and I imagine that no one can speak on his treatment," Kamer said. "We still have some confidentiality rules."

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A suspected gunman and three women he was believed to have taken hostage at a California veterans home were found dead Friday, nearly eight The grim end to the situation at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, a 600-acre facility north of Napa wine country, was announced at

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Lampkin said another brother of theirs told him that Wong had been kicked out of Pathway for having knives, making threats and "not getting along with people."

Wong then got an apartment with the third brother's help, Lampkin said. That brother declined to be interviewed.

Kamer said that caregivers had been working with Wong to provide transitional treatment after he left Pathway Home.

"The goal is never to leave somebody outside of the safety net," he said.

Lampkin said his last text with Wong was three days before the shooting. Lampkin said Wong told him he had gotten a new gun, and said he was "fine."

Wong was armed Friday with at least a rifle and a shotgun, one of the sources said. He had at least seven firearms registered in his name, two law enforcement sources told CNN.

Resident Tom Parkinson places flowers on a sign at the Veterans Home of California. © Josh Edelson/AP Resident Tom Parkinson places flowers on a sign at the Veterans Home of California.

'They were having cake'

The chaos started when the gunman barged into a going-away party for some departing Pathway employees Friday morning, according to Kamer, who said his wife, Devereaux Smith, works there.

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The hostage crisis in California has ended, after the suspect and three hostages were discovered dead inside the veterans ’ home in Napa County, authorities have confirmed, following an The armed man reportedly interrupted a going-away party and staff meeting at the northern California veterans ’ home .

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Robert Nacke told reporters that he knew of no injuries, and authorities gave no immediate information about the gunman or his motive. Police evacuated the property of the Veterans Home of California after reports of a man with a gun at the facility in Yountville, one of

"They were having cake and toasting. Apparently he just walked in with this rifle," Kamer said. He said his wife and other employees managed to escape, though he didn't say how.

Reports of "shots fired" came in Friday morning. Dozens of law enforcement officers responded about 10:20 a.m. local time, Napa County Sheriff John Robertson said.

As the gunman held the hostages in a room inside the building, authorities tried to make contact and at some point exchanged gunfire with him.

Important part of Napa Valley

The Veterans Home of California and all its programs, including the Pathway Home, are an important part of the Napa Valley community, with a 1,200-seat theater, a golf course and a large library, the California Department of Veterans Affairs said. Residents were temporarily evacuated from the veterans home in October when fires raged through Napa County.

Its staff of 18 people has treated more than 400 veterans since 2008. Male veterans enrolled in the live-in program are mostly soldiers returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who have difficulty transitioning into civilian life.

Dozens of returning veterans have graduated from the program, including Adam Schumann, the subject of the book and Hollywood film "Thank You For Your Service" starring actor Miles Teller.

Sheriff: Vet shot self after killing 3 mental health workers .
A combat veteran killed himself after fatally shooting three mental health workers last week at a California veterans home, authorities said Thursday. The Napa County Sheriff's Office said Albert Wong, 36, shot the three workers in the head with a rifle at the California Veterans Home in Yountville. The sheriff didn't release the type of rifle used. The sheriff also serves as the county's coroner.The sheriff's office said that Wong then used a shotgun to shoot himself in the head Friday at The Pathway Home building.

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